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'Glee,' '90210' stars weigh in on 'Skins' controversy

MTV’s new controversial series, “Skins,” continues to make headlines as more companies yank their ads from the show. But what does Hollywood think about all the brouhaha?

Access Hollywood caught up with “Glee” star Matthew Morrison over the weekend and got his thoughts on the backlash against the show.

“We’re living in a different time. I feel like it’s almost a better thing to kind of open up the communication to what’s going on in the world,” he told Access when asked about the series that the Parents Television Council has claimed is child pornography and exploitative for featuring underage children engaging in sex acts and using drugs.

“Kids in high school are having sex. It’s not a secret,” he continued. “I don’t think we should try to hide from it and pretend it’s not happening.”

“90201” star Matt Lanter also weighed in on the MTV series at a special screening of his new movie, “The Roommate,” over the weekend.

Access asked the actor if the show’s racy content was too much for its underage stars.

“Yeah, kind of,” he said. “Look, a lot of us on ‘90210’ are a little older than high school as most people probably know. I think that maybe there’s a purpose for some of that.”

Danneel Harris, Lanter’s co-star in “The Roommate” and a former star of “One Tree Hill,” didn’t understand all the fuss.

“It’s not real. When it’s real you can have a different stand on it, but this is a fake show about fake people,” Harris told Access at “The Roommate” premiere. “I’ve had sex in a lot of movies and never has it been close, remotely close, to anything romantic or sexual.”

On Friday, “Skins” star Sofia Black-D’Elia spoke with PopEater about the controversy.

“It’s pushing the boundaries for teen drama because I think ‘Skins’ goes where other shows are afraid to,” she explained. “It’s what teens are doing. It’s the way teenagers believe, I think, especially you know in certain situations when you come from home lives where your parents don’t really support you or really listen to you. That’s what most of these kids are going through. ... And so, um, the drugs and the sex, they’re vices, and that’s what teenagers have.”